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Commentary series on Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs)

Following the first Industry Transformation Map (ITM) commentary for the Hotel industry on 21 May, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Channel NewsAsia (CNA), has published the second piece in this series on 28 May – contributed by Dr Christine Lim, Director at Shiro Corporation Pte Ltd and Kay Lee Pte Ltd Asia, for the Food Manufacturing sector.

This series of commentaries, penned by industry representatives, serves to share interesting insights on industry trends and businesses' views on industry transformation. Through the series, we hope to help people understand what ITMs are about, how they can benefit as industries undergo transformation, and what they can do to seize opportunities.

For more information on the ITMs, visit MTI's microsite at bit.ly/MTI-ITM. You can also visit MTI Facebook Page to receive our latest updates. If you have any feedback, please feel free to contact    us at MTI_Email@mti.gov.sg.

 



 Hotel: Introducing robots in hotels in Singapore is a good idea

The first commentary on the Hotel Industry is contributed by Mr Aung Kyaw Moe, Director of IT, Asia at Millennium Hotels and Resorts. It looks at how the dawn of robotisation has alleviated workers from menial tasks, allowing them to focus more on providing service to customers. In collaboration with Singapore Hotel Association, Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union and the Hotel Sectoral Tripartite Committee, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) launched the Hotel Industry Transformation Map to increase automation in the hotel industry, in bid to raise productivity and promote sustainable growth.

Furthermore, with an increase in tourism levels over the years, the hotel industry potentially faces a manpower crunch. However, this obstacle can be circumvented with automation as hotel staffs are put to more efficient positions to improve guest experience.

Robots do not pose a threat to employability or job security as they seek to complement the service staff’s responsibility rather than replacing them. Robotics can take over mundane tasks, freeing up the younger and better-educate workforce to focus attention to more challenging responsibilities such as engaging guest at a deeper level and providing that personal touch that no robots can replicate. Automation speeds up both the front end and back end work process, allowing for the hotel operations to run more seamlessly. With our international counterparts adopting robotics to combat their manpower crunch, Singapore can seek to further learn and grow from them to remain competitive in the international front.

With personalisation being the forefront of hotel guests experience, the hotel industry must tap into the potential of robotics to gather the pertinent data from customers to gain better insights to customers experience and thereby bring the hotel industry into the new age.

 

Read the full commentary here

 


 

Food Manufacturing: Can Singapore make makan great again?

The series follows the journey of Food & Beverage businesses keeping up with the times and the challenges they face. From the Shiro Corporation’s efforts to produce a probiotic fruit juice that is safe and nutritious, with the help of SPRING Singapore’s Capability Development Grant and Automation Support Package.

Such production capabilities in food manufacturing have improved numerously through the use of Food Processing Technology such as a automated stir frying machine, which can produce 150kg batch of stir fried black pepper chicken with just a single operator. Others include newer technologies such as the High pressure tolling facility machine which can help preserve and lengthen the shelf life manufactured products such as juices, pastes, ready-to-eat meals without the use of heat; which can compromise the nutritional value of these products.

As a population grows, it is also very vital for the food industry to adapt and evolve, and with that growth, the adoption of technology to boost productivity and capability is absolutely vital.

 

Read the full commentary here

 



 Retail : Singapore retail needs to aggressively embrace e-commerce

 

The series follows the journey of Food & Beverage businesses keeping up with the times and the challenges they face. From the Shiro Corporation’s efforts to produce a probiotic fruit juice that is safe and nutritious, with the help of SPRING Singapore’s Capability Development Grant and Automation Support Package.

Such production capabilities in food manufacturing have improved numerously through the use of Food Processing Technology such as a automated stir frying machine, which can produce 150kg batch of stir fried black pepper chicken with just a single operator. Others include newer technologies such as the High pressure tolling facility machine which can help preserve and lengthen the shelf life manufactured products such as juices, pastes, ready-to-eat meals without the use of heat; which can compromise the nutritional value of these products.

As a population grows, it is also very vital for the food industry to adapt and evolve, and with that growth, the adoption of technology to boost productivity and capability is absolutely vital.

Read the full commentary here

 

 

 

         Latest Events & Activities

 


 

A resounding success for Asia’s award-winning IoT event!

 

IoT Asia 2017 focused on the value-generation potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) for governments, businesses, communities and societies as well as innovation. It emphasised the latest industry developments and discussions around IoT’s opportunities and challenges among the various stakeholders in the ecosystem.

Jointly organised by Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) and SingEx Exhibitions (SingEx), IoT Asia 2017 was officially opened by Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the country’s Smart Nation Initiative.

 

Spanning across 5,000 sqm, the exhibition featured over 100 sponsors and exhibitors. Two new thematic zones – Cybersecurity and Robotics – were presented along with zones such as Smart Cities, Wearables, Industrial IoT (IIoT), Design Applications, Enablers, and IoT Data Analytics, to showcase innovative and emerging key technologies. The exhibition also highlighted 3 Pavilions - Singapore, France and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the TechSpace at IoT Asia hosted seminars run by IoT communities to share knowledge and engage technology experts and enthusiasts.


The 3-track conference featured over 90 leading industry experts and guest speakers from 14 countries to cover new and innovative IoT-enabled technologies, case studies and contextual use disrupting various industry segments and aspects of life.


IoT Asia had a successful turnout of 4,223 attendees and 11% increase from 2016. Get a copy of the Post Event report here!

Catch the video online here 

 

IoT Asia 2018

The 5th edition of the award-winning event returns to Singapore in 2018.  Be part of Asia’s leading IoT event. For speaking, sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact the IoT Asia team at sales.iotasia@singex.com . You can join the mailing list at www.internetofthingsasia.com

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Sign Up for RP’s Internship Programme now!

 

 

The Republic Polytechnic’s School of Engineering, Diploma in Engineering Systems and Management (DESM) would like to invite companies from SIAA to participate in RP’s Internship Programme (RP IIP) involving some of the brightest tertiary minds in Singapore.

 

The benefits to the companies are:

·        Access to a pool of manpower with relevant skill set

·        Identify prospective employees among the students attached to your company

·        Provide skilled support for projects that demand valuable alternative resources

 

The next internship run will be from September/October for a period of 20 weeks.

 

Details pertaining to the DESM curriculum and RP IIP can be found at:

 

For enquiries, please contact: Dr. Steven Chong at steven_chong@rp.edu.sg

 

 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by the mounting range of new technologies, is blurring the segmentation between virtual and physical world. Artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, will disrupt and transform the way we live, work and do business. It will also transform the economy at large.  It is hence paramount for SMEs to be aware of the developments, be adaptive and leverage on technology to evolve. Join our experts as they share how automation, IoT and robotic technologies can be powerful enablers that help SMEs transform sales and operational approaches to stay relevant, productive and profitable in the future.

 

Register now for your conference pass, see you there! Conference programme is available here (hyperlink here https://www.smeicc.org/conference-programme)